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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

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Address: Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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+27 21 481 3800
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million...

The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.The Planetarium, which is housed in the South African Museum building, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. The ultimate in armchair travel.Inside the domed auditorium, we can recreate the night sky, so whatever the weather outside, the Planetarium sky is always clear, an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young.

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A typical museum that you find in most cities, lots of stuffed animals and items of local interest, if you are in Cape Town and at a loose end certainly worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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Faringdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had previously visited this museum and found it very interesting. This time we concentrated on the ground floor section dealing with the bushmen as we were later going north to the Cederberg where we would be seeing rock art. It proved a very useful and informative visit - well worth the quite modest entrance fee.

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A typical museum that you find in most cities, lots of stuffed animals and items of local interest, if you are in Cape Town and at a loose end certainly worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At one end of The Company Garden this is a good dark, cool place to escape the heat and wind of Cape Town. There is an interesting mix of local South African history and Charles Darwin's studies with a few stuffed animals thrown in. The largest area is set aside for sea animals though this probably the least interesting part... More 

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Thank MartinDee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love history so enjoyed visiting the museum, lots to see from the sea to the land and everything in between. Unfortunately the planetarium was closed for renovations. The gardens that surround the museum was also very interesting to walk about in.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Quite impressive with the collections particularly by the cave paintings and indigenous artifacts. Also has a large collection of local animals and marine animals etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were very impressed by the quality of the display of the rock art. The exhibit on the life of Nelson Mandela was very moving. There were parts of the museum that were closed or undergoing renovation when we went in early November 2016 but it was still most worthwhile. I personally enjoyed the parts of the museum dealing with... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum as part of a Cape Town tour and was looking forward to it. We had arranged a tour guide which on arrival wasn't available, so we walked around exploring by ourselves. The exhibits were very interesting but, many were unlit along with many information boards which left us wanting. The museum is undergoing renovations which could... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Dated institution, sweating the 1980s out of its pores. Not worth a visit unless you have young children who would enjoy the dinosaur exhibits. Otherwise skip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum and great displays, but the Planetarium is closed witch was sad. Recommend for EVERYBODY!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I did not get to experience the fullness of Iziko's multi-dimentional aspects because of renovation work, gallery changing in progress, and closures. This, of course, is not a reflection of the complex at its best, but does suggest that the renovations and closures could have been better coordinated.

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